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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an icon for social justice advocates around the world. As the second woman appointee to the Supreme Court, she was a champion for human rights and liberal values. Her opinions broke ground on issues such as gender equity and fair pay. Justice Ginsburg’s illustrious career included a vast number of accomplishments in the fight for social justice. This article, however, is not about the late justice’s accomplishments. Rather, this article explores a pressing issue that advocates for social justice must now face. …


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Last August Tesla Motors announced a 5–1 stock split, decreasing the stock’s price from almost two thousand dollars to less than five hundred. The split came as a major victory for Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, in the face of numerous short sellers who had been betting on the stock to decrease in value. Tesla’s value has only increased since the split; as of this article’s writing, Tesla’s value currently stands at $817 per share. Tesla’s immense financial success as of late, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, is notable. Apple has also recently…


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Everyone witnessed the uproar in the stock market that occurred in late January. For anyone who may not, here is a significantly abbreviated summary. A Reddit group named r/wallstreetbets learned of many investors who were shorting (in clearer terms, to “short” a stock means to bet against it) stocks in GameStop, AMC, and several others. After learning of multiple hedge funds with significant exposure to these shorts, the group mobilized to drive up the price of the stock. These price increases caused hedge funds to take billions of dollars in losses to cover their shorts. The…


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The United States has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, this much is uncontroversial. Since the pandemic’s inception in the US, there have been twenty-eight million confirmed cases of the virus and almost half a million deaths. These totals are especially devastating when considering recently released data suggests that as many as forty percent of the nearly half a million deaths were avoidable. Clearly, the United States has the resources and infrastructure to have prevented such an outcome. After all, the US is the wealthiest country in the world, so surely the government could have raised…


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The international pandemic has stifled investments into emerging economies, and for good reason. Pandemic related restrictions have been notoriously more strict in countries that are not named the United States. The restrictions have greatly affected economic growth internationally and temporarily halted such investments. As the effects of the pandemic begin to fade, however, emerging markets will surely be a product of significant interest for investors. The question is, will the post-pandemic emerging market environment be the same as the pre-pandemic one? There is evidence to suggest that an identical emerging market environment may not be the case.

For those who…


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Since the end of WWII, the number of authoritarian regimes in Europe has been slowly declining. Stalin’s communist Soviet state fell in 1989, approximately forty-five years after the fall of Hitler’s and Mussolini’s regimes in the mid-1940s. Then came peace in the Balkan region in the late 1990s after the violent disintegration of Yugoslavia. Indeed, less than a hundred years removed from the deadliest conflict in human history, the words “dictatorship” and “Europe” do not seem as though they belong in the same sentence. Yet there is still one dictatorship operating in Europe. Alexander Lukashenko has been…


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The worldwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign is accelerating rapidly. Millions around the world are being vaccinated daily. It is no surprise that the countries that are leading this vaccination campaign are the developed ones. Countries such as ones in the European Union, the United States, and China have purchased a majority of the vaccine supply. Developing countries, such as ones in Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia have been largely excluded from vaccine deliveries from companies such as Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. In the early of stages of vaccine production, the market has resembled an auction house…


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Early into the 2020 NFL Regular Season, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor was the subject of a significant medical blunder. As a team doctor was attempting to administer a painkiller to remedy Taylor’s cracked ribs, he accidentally punctured the quarterback’s lung. This mishap led to a medical emergency in which Taylor was rushed to the hospital. He turned out to be fine and made a full recovery. His career prospects, however, were mortally wounded; first-year quarterback Justin Herbert took control of the position in Taylor’s absence and never relinquished it. Taylor’s unfortunate career outcome, resulting from…


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Lebanon has been devastated socially, politically, and economically from the massive explosion that occurred in Beirut approximately nine months ago. The blast caused thousands of casualties and more than three billion dollars in damages across the city. Before the explosion, Lebanon was already facing an economic crisis and political instability which had been exacerbated by the international pandemic. Over the nine months following the disaster, Lebanon has descended further into political turmoil and is nearing economic collapse. …


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It should not come as news that the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed all aspects of society. One aspect that warrants careful analysis is the pandemic’s effect on consumer behavior. Since the inception of the pandemic in March, consumer trends in the United States have shifted radically. In the beginning, products deemed “essential” flew off the shelves. Everyone remembers the infamous toilet paper shortages. Sanitation products were impossible to find; items such as hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, and aerosol sprays were being bought in massive numbers. Grocery stores were overwhelmed with panicked shoppers who believed that…

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